HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Big money is being invested into Harrisonburg. On Wednesday, October 11, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Ariake U.S.A is making a $17 million investment to expand their facility and purchase new equipment.
The company is a manufacturer for quality stocks, bases, and seasonings (including bouillon, consommé, sauce bases, noodle soups, and snack seasonings) for the food industry and has been in Harrisonburg for almost 30 years. This is the third expansion they have made in their time in Harrisonburg, which is the only plant in the United States.
They also have locations in Belgium, China, France, Japan, the Netherlands, and Taiwan.
“Ariake U.S.A. has been an important corporate partner to the City of Harrisonburg for nearly 30 years, and we are proud this global company has chosen to reinvest in the Commonwealth ensuring the longevity of its operation for decades to come,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Shenandoah Valley is consistently recognized as a leader in the food manufacturing industry, thanks to its outstanding workforce, business friendly climate, and accessibility to the Port of Virginia and major interstates. Ariake has demonstrated their value time and again as a contributor to this booming region and to our efforts to diversify and build the new Virginia economy.”
According to Harrisonburg City's Economic Development Director, Brian Shull, $7.9 million dollars is going towards new construction, and $9.9 million dollars is going towards new equipment and a new production line.
"It's great. This is a very nice announcement because you get new tax revenue coming in and jobs for our local residents, and it's a testament to the company that they say this is a great location to continue to invest and expand," said Shull.
It is projected this expansion will create 22 new jobs in Harrisonburg with an approximate salary of $40,000 for each position.
"I mean, this is a great partnership between the city and Ariake; it's great to have their investment here, great to have them as business partners," said Shull.
The project is expanding the manufacturing facility by 20,000 square feet.